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Huckabee Surrogates Try to Steer Pulpit Messages

posted by dgilgoff

Today’s Washington Post story about Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney attending services yesterday in their respective churches includes this key line about Huckabee’s preacher strategy: On Friday, three national religious leaders backing Huckabee — Tim LaHaye, Michael Farris and Rick […]

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With Help From Brownback, McCain Redoubles Christian Right Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Launching a new “Catholics for McCain” group and rolling out new leadership for his “Iowans of Faith for McCain” group last week, broadcasting a television ad about bonding with a prison guard over a cross as a POW, and airing […]

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Romney’s Latest Evangelical Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of Robert Wolgemuth, an evangelical best-selling author and former chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. God-o-Meter wonders how many other evangelical endorsements the Romney camp has in its pocket to announce in the […]

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McCain Steps up Faith Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Shortly after announcing its new Catholics for McCain effort yesterday, the McCain campaign unveiled new leadership for its Iowans of Faith for McCain coalition. It’s more evidence that McCain is seeking to expand his second wind in New Hampshire on […]

Dodd on Catholicism and the “Window of Separation”

posted by dgilgoff

Can’t-believe-he’s-still-running candidate Christopher Dodd stars in a Christian Science Monitor faith and values profile that has him talking more than usual about his Catholicism’s influence on his life. Indeed, the influence is so deep that God-o-Meter is surprised he doesn’t […]

McCain Announces Catholics for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain today announced a new coalition of Catholic supporters headed by some big names, including Kansas Senator/former presidential candidate Sam Brownback and former Kansas Governor Frank Keating. From today’s press release: ….Former Governor Frank Keating (R-OK), also National Co-Chair […]

Thompson Overstates Methodist Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just stumbled on this story from last week about Fred Thompson overstating his conservative Christian support by inflating the heft of a group called the Wesleyan Center for Strategic Studies (whose web site now appears to be down). God-o-Meter […]

Is Huck’s Army Really Invisible?

posted by dgilgoff

Back in the 1990s, the Christian Coalition was known as an “invisible army” for its ability to go undetected by the news media until delivering dramatic GOP victories on Election Day, including 1994’s Republican Revolution. The Dallas Morning News’ Wayne […]

Ministers Deny Endorsing Obama

posted by dgilgoff

The Associated Press reports that two black South Carolina ministers whom Barack Obama said had endorsed him say they never agreed to do so: Two black South Carolina ministers listed by Barack Obama’s campaign as endorsing his White House bid […]

Huck Dissed by Evangelical ex-Bushie

posted by dgilgoff

It’s one thing for lefty atheists to ring alarm bells about Mike Huckabee’s use of religion in his presidential campaign. It’s quite another for a conservative evangelical former member of the Bush administration to do so. Peter Wehner, a longtime […]

The Christmas Candidate

posted by dgilgoff

Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad is the gift that keeps on giving. The first holiday spot of the season, it hoisted him above the political fray, into the warm and cuddly candidate-I-most-want-to-have-eggnog-with zone. When the commentariat called it a ploy to […]

Huck Gets Some Baptist Bad Will

posted by dgilgoff

It finally happened. Mike Huckabee, who scored God-o-Meter’s first and only 10 rating of the 2008 race and had the audacity to stay there for three full weeks, has been knocked down to a 9. And it came at the […]

Obama Releases Christmas Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Mike Huckabee started a trend. Barack Obama’s new Christmas ad actually mentions Christmas, unlike Hillary Clinton’s “Happy Holidays” spot. But Huckabee’s mentioning the birth of Christ in his ad has raised the bar for the kind of outright religiosity God-o-Meter […]

Hillary’s ‘Holiday’ Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Huckabee’s mentions the birth of Jesus. Giuliani’s mentions Christmas. But Hillary’s new holiday ad just says “Happy Holidays.” The war on Christmas crowd won’t like like it, but God-o-Meter thinks she’s already lost those voters. Still, does the Clinton camp […]

Hillary Hears From Her Sunday School Teacher

posted by dgilgoff

Why would Hillary Clinton’s former Sunday school teacher publicly ask her if she’s a Christian and then act relieved when the Senator answered in the affirmative? That’s what God-o-Meter wondered as it read about such an exchange on ABC News’ […]

Another Evanglical Discusses his pro-Romney Ad

posted by dgilgoff

A couple days after reporting that prominent evangelical publicist Mark DeMoss has taped radio spots for Mitt Romney for broadcast on Christian radio, another evangelical Romney booster—Supreme Court lawyer Jay Sekulow—tells God-o-Meter he has also recently taped radio ads for […]

Giuliani Christmas Ad Not a Response to Huck’s

posted by dgilgoff

Click To Play When God-o-Meter saw Rudy Giuliani sitting Mike Huckabee-like by a Christmas tree and donning a Huckabeesque red sweater in his new “Holiday Wishes” ad, it naturally thought Giuliani was copping a play from the former Arkansas Governor’s […]

Romney’s Planned Parenthood Visit

posted by dgilgoff

As if Mitt Romney needed another highly public reminder of his formerly pro-choice position, ABC News reports that he stopped in at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in connection with a $150 contribution his wife made to the group in 1994. […]

Can Mormons Give Romney an Edge in Iowa?

posted by dgilgoff

The Wall Street Journal reports on a small but dependable bloc of Romney supporters in Iowa: Mormons. Here’s how they stack up mathematically: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it has more than 22,500 members in Iowa […]

Ron Paul: Fascism Will Come ‘Carrying a Cross’

posted by dgilgoff

On Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends today, Ron Paul answered a question about whether Mike Huckabee’s new Christmas ad takes religious politicking too far thusly: Well I haven’t thought about it completely but it, you know, reminded me of […]

Behind Huckabee’s Christmas Ad

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter wondered about the birth of Mike Huckabee’s new ad celebrating the birth of Jesus, so it asked Huckabee senior advisor Charmaine Yoest. Her response: “The ad was born when [campaign manager] Chip Saltsman and the Governor looked at the […]

Romney Taps Top Evangelicals for New Ads

posted by dgilgoff

Locked in a potentially fateful battle for evangelical Iowa caucus goers with Mike Huckabee, God-o-Meter has learned that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has enlisted prominent evangelical publicist Mark DeMoss to tape ads on his behalf for broadcast on Iowa […]

New Huckabee Ad Celebrates “Birth of Christ”

posted by dgilgoff

Mike Huckabee’s new TV ad shows him in front of a Christmas tree and what the Drudge Report calls a “floating cross”–the clear wooden crosspiece of a window that God-o-Meter has a hard time believing got in there by accident. […]

Christianizing a Christian Candidate

posted by dgilgoff

In the face of false rumors that he’s Muslim—two volunteers for Hillary Clinton were recently forced to step down for forwarding emails connecting him to the threat of Islamic jihad—Barack Obama has gone further than his Democrat rivals in trying […]

Christians Boost Thompson… But Who Are They?

posted by dgilgoff

The Fred Thompson campaign yesterday sent reporters an ABC News story headlined “Thompson Rallies Conservative Christians.” God-o-Meter suspects that that headline may be giving Thompson too much credit, given that the entire article is about his endorsement from the Wesleyan […]

McCain Hedges on Jesus Question

posted by dgilgoff

From an AP article on how McCain parried a Jesus question on the campaign trail yesterday: McCain wrapped up his two-day spin through South Carolina with a town hall meeting at a Greer family restaurant. John Grabiel, a Greer minister, […]

Bork Backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Former federal judge Robert Bork, a hero to the Christian Right since his 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was torpedoed largely over his opposition to Roe v. Wade, endorsed Mitt Romney today. Here’s how Bork explained his decision: “…No […]

Guess Who’s Got Another ‘Values’ Ad?

posted by dgilgoff

Who was it that predicted that yesterday’s new “values” television ad by Hillary Clinton would be the first in a series of such spots? Oh, right–that was God-o-Meter. The new ad, which began airing in Iowa and New Hampshire today, […]

Family Research Council Staffers Join Huckabee

posted by dgilgoff

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has raised doubts about Mike Huckabee, but when God-o-Meter learned that FRC vice president of communications Charmaine Yoest (pictured) had taken a leave of absence to serve as a Huckabee senior advisor earlier this […]

Some in Romney Camp Question Huck’s Apology

posted by dgilgoff

After watching Mitt Romney accuse Mike Huckabee of inviting questions about his evangelical Christian faith on the Fox News Channel yesterday, God-o-Meter wondered whether the Romney camp really had accepted Huckabee’s apology for asking whether Mormons believe that Jesus and […]

Hillary’s New “Values” Ad

posted by dgilgoff

The alert about Hillary Clinton’s new Iowa TV ad landed in God-o-Meter’s inbox by way of Hillary’s “Faith, Family, and Values” team. It’s by no means faith-based. But the spot does features Clinton’s mom, Dorothy Rodham, talking about “what a […]

Thompson Riffs on Huckabee’s Mormon Apology

posted by dgilgoff

Does only God-o-Meter think this is in poor taste? The Fred Thompson campaign just sent reporters a memo that’s written as a send-up of Mike Huckabee’s apology to Mitt Romney over his recent remarks about Mormonism. A few excerpts from […]

Video: Huckabee’s Apologies

posted by dgilgoff

If you haven’t seen them yet, here are a couple video iterations of Mike Huckabee apologizing for asking a New York Times Magazine reporter: “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” Is God-o-Meter the only one left […]

Huckabee: Making Veiled Mormon Attacks?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter got all excited when it read this headline in today’s Salt Lake Tribune: Huckabee throwing veiled LDS hardballs? Political scientists say magazine remark, TV ad are shots at Romney. So, God-o-Meter, told itself, you’re not the only one who […]

Behind Huckabee’s Apology

posted by dgilgoff

Following yesterday’s uneventful Republican presidential debate in Iowa, Mike Huckabee made a beeline for Mitt Romney to apologize for his “‘Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” remark to The New York Times Magazine. CNN has the […]

Evangelical Homeschoolers Fueling Huckabee’s Rise?

posted by dgilgoff

One of the first big-name Christian Right activists to endorse Mike Huckabee was Michael Farris, the evangelical co-founder and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. So it’s no surprise that evangelical home schoolers are a big part of […]

Huck: Don’t Mormons Think Christ and Devil are Bros?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter joked earlier about adding a special “11” rating for Mike Huckabee, but now it is seriously considering doing so. From an article in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine called “The Huckabee Factor”: Huckabee is, indeed, a discreet fellow, […]

Giuliani Thinks Gay Acts are Sinful?

posted by dgilgoff

Sure, the socially moderate Rudy Giuliani has tweaked his social positions to appeal to religious conservatives. He’s come out in support for parental notification laws on abortion and for the Hyde amendment, which bars federal funding of abortions. But God-o-Meter […]

Will IRS Bust Huckabee Before he Can Abolish It?

posted by dgilgoff

His call for abolishing the IRS is one of Mike Huckabee’s biggest applause lines. But might everyone’s least favorite agency clamp down on churches that are enthusiastic about Huckabee before he has a chance to shut it down? The Politico […]

Romney and Faith-Based Affirmative Action

posted by dgilgoff

Check out this line from Mitt Romney’s interview yesterday with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson: “We never selected our president based on which church he went to. That would be a very sad day if we were ever to do so.” […]

Evangelical Leader Skeptical on Huckabee, Praises McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Family Research Council Action, Washington’s premier Christian Right advocacy group, yesterday issued a defense of Mike Huckabee in the face of what it called a “reverse religious test” sparked by Huckabee’s past statements about AIDS, homosexuality, and the need to […]

Fred Thompson Goes to Church

posted by dgilgoff

It finally happened. Three months into a presidential campaign predicated largely on winning support from Southern evangelicals, Fred Thompson included a church visit on his official campaign schedule yesterday, according to a report from CBS News: MIAMI – In a […]

Huck in ’98: Reclaim Nation for Christ

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter would not ordinarily dredge up a nearly decade-old story on Mike Huckabee proclaiming the need to “take this nation back for Christ.” But God-o-Meter does not run the world; Matt Drudge does. And the lead story on The Drudge […]

Is Romney a Bigot?

posted by dgilgoff

As Beliefnet co-founder/CEO/editor-in-chief Steven Waldman noted last week, Mitt Romney’s plea for religious tolerance excluded a pretty big chunk of the American religious landscape: the nonreligious. Is this Romney’s attempt to transcend the Mormonism/traditional Christianity gap by exploiting the overarching […]

Is Huck Fanning Anti-Mormonism?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is flattered to learn that Charles Krauthammer is a devoted reader! Here he is channeling GOM’s recent post alleging an anti-Mormon bias in Mike Huckabee’s refusal to answer the Is Mormonism a cult? question: Huckabee has exploited Romney’s Mormonism […]

Dobson Phones Romney; Robertson Emails

posted by dgilgoff

Is God-o-Meter imagining things, or is the most powerful figure in the Christian Right, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, becoming more bullish on the Mormon Mitt Romney than on evangelical wunderkind Mike Huckabee? Check out this tidbit, buried in […]

If You Haven’t Seen Romney’s Speech Yet…

posted by dgilgoff

…Watch it here and let God-o-Meter know what you think. (Or read it here and do the same.)

James Dobson Praises Romney Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Is God-o-Meter becoming the Romney-o-Meter? Give it another day or two to digest the fallout from Romney’s “religion speech” and it promises to return to normal. But this is pretty big. Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, ruler of the […]

A Leading Evangelical on Romney Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw, a leading evangelical voice, didn’t have very kind words for Mitt Romney before his speech: In the few times he’s addressed the [religion] issue, he talks about the importance of religious values and dips […]

Family Research Council Applauds Romney Speech

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with Beliefnet earlier this week Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said he was unlikely to endorse any of the Republican presidential candidates during the primaries. But God-o-Meter just received a very laudatory review of Mitt Romney’s […]

How’d He Do? Early Romney Reaction

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter doesn’t know how much stock to put in the opinions of religious/political/academic elites in judging how Mitt Romney fared in this morning’s “Faith in America” speech. After all, this is an instance in which only polls can truly tell […]

Romney’s Speech: The Key Excerpt

posted by dgilgoff

How many times did Mitt Romney mention the word “Mormon,” or some variation thereof, in his “Faith in America” speech this morning? Once, by God-o-Meter’s count. Here’s the reference and what GOM takes to be the key passage of the […]

Huckabee To Stay Mum on Mitt’s Mormonism

posted by dgilgoff

Is Mike Huckabee being a class act by declining to say what many evangelicals like him feel about Mormon doctrines and beliefs? The Associated Press reports that Huckabee, an ordained Baptist preacher, won’t say whether he believes Mormonism is a […]

Has Romney Blurred Lines on Mormonism/Evangelicalism?

posted by dgilgoff

When Mitt Romney stands before the nation tomorrow to deliver his much-anticipated “religion speech,” evangelical Christians will be listening particularly intently. Though polls show that one in four Americans feel squeamish about voting for a Mormon president, an even higher […]

About that Mormon speech…

posted by dgilgoff

Yet more evidence that Romney’s “Mormon speech” will largely skirt the Mormon issue, this time from the New Hampshire Times Leader: Mitt Romney said today he will not try to defend his Mormonism or teach any lessons about it during […]

Is it a “Mormon Speech” after all?

posted by dgilgoff

Will Mitt Romney’s much-ballyhooed “Mormon speech” this Thursday end up de-emphasizing Mormonism? That’s the word this morning from The Los Angeles Times: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Monday that he would not focus on his Mormon beliefs in a […]

Romney: Not Channeling JFK

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney’s “Mormon speech” this Thursday will be delivered in College Station, Texas, less than 100 miles from the site of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 “Catholic speech” to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. But that may be where the parallels […]

Behind Huckabee’s Surge, an Evangelical Surge

posted by dgilgoff

A “10” rating from God-o-Meter has its advantages. Consider yesterday’s Des Moines Register poll showing that Mike Huckabee has vaulted ahead of the Republican pack. The Register explains that Romney, the former Iowa GOP frontrunner, saw a 5-point drop in […]

Edwards: Democrats Can Win Christians

posted by dgilgoff

John Edwards told a crowd in Iowa yesterday that Democratic candidates could win Christian voters if they’re genuine, The Des Monies Register reports: Committed Christians can be attracted to the Democratic side if the party’s presidential nominee projects an honest […]

A Vote for Huckabee is a Vote for Rudy?

posted by dgilgoff

National Right to Life general counsel and Mitt Romney backer James Bopp Jr. told the Iowa Christian Alliance last week that a vote for Giuliani is a vote for Rudy Giuliani, The Washington Post reports. God-o-Meter remembers sitting down with […]

What Will Romney Say? What Should He Say?

posted by dgilgoff

Expect this week to be chock-o-block of pundits prognosticating about what Huckabee should/will say in his Faith in America speech this Thursday. God-o-Meter does not expect the lion’s share of prognostications to be terribly enlightening, but The Brody File hits […]

Romney to Deliver Religion Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney’s campaign has just confirmed a report over at Mark Halperin’s Page blog that the former governor’s long awaited “Mormon speech” will arrive this Thursday in Texas, the state where JFK delivered his famous 1960 speech on Catholicism. Here’s […]

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Closed for the Season
With Election Day finally having come and gone, God-o-Meter is closing up shop till 2012--or at least 2010. Till then, get your faith and politics fix over at Beliefnet editor-in-chief Steve Waldman's blog. 7 ...

posted 4:32:33pm Nov. 19, 2008 | read full post »

On The Religious Left, Great Expectations
The first priorities for Barack Obama's administration will be the economy and a variety of foreign policy issues. But the burgeoning religious left, which worked so hard to get Obama elected, expects some movement on its issues, including a ...

posted 1:49:31pm Nov. 07, 2008 | read full post »

Howard Dean's Vindication
God-o-Meter wrote a piece for today's Roll Call on the vindication of Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean's much-derided 50-State Strategy, which is largely about reaching out to the nation's more religious voters in the red ...

posted 2:01:06pm Nov. 06, 2008 | read full post »

A Post-Election Chat with Ralph Reed
Amid today's talk that Barack Obama has narrowed the God Gap, God-o-Meter checked in with Ralph Reed, who spearheaded religious outreach for George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns and who pioneered such outreach for Republicans as executive ...

posted 3:09:07pm Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

More Innacurate Faith Storylines From the Media
God-o-Meter is struck by the number of faith-based storylines the news media appear to have gotten dead wrong this year. One was the line that Obama was poised to make big gains among white votes, especially evangelicals, who were undergoing a ...

posted 11:53:20am Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

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